Three family members of 14-year-old girl infected with Covid test positive in Ghaziabad
Three new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the district on Saturday, bringing the number of active cases to 15. Health department officials said the three new cases, which emerged on Saturday, are the girl’s contacts of 14 years old. who tested positive for the viral infection on Friday.
Among the girl’s contacts who tested positive on Saturday were a 10-year-old girl, a 42-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman.
“The three patients are all family members of the girl who tested positive on Friday. They have all been asked to remain in isolation at home. The two adult members, whose samples came back positive for Covid on Saturday, took both doses of the vaccine. It is encouraging to see that none of the four family members have a serious illness. All 15 active cases are in home isolation and have not required hospitalization to date, ”said Dr Rakesh Gupta, district surveillance officer.
The 14-year-old girl and her family live in a skyscraper in Crossings Republik township in Ghaziabad. The head of the family has a travel history from Gujarat.
According to official data, up to December 11, 96 people in the district contracted the infection after being fully vaccinated. Officials said of the 96 cases, 24 developed mild symptoms while the rest were asymptomatic.
“Our teams are trying to increase testing because there is a slight increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. We have already prepared an emergency plan for the district and hospitals have also been urged to be prepared if there is a spike in Covid-19 cases in the future, ”Dr Gupta said.
According to official records from the district health department, there have been 55,695 cases of Covid since March last year, including 461 deaths.
So far, in the current month, the district has performed a total of 44,441 Covid tests. The daily target given by the state government is 3,900 RT-PCR tests and 3,500 tests using rapid antigen kits.
“We’ve seen a trend where people don’t go out to get tested. It is vital that tests are increased and anyone with symptoms such as coughs and colds should take the Covid test. The numbers show a slight increase in cases and it is time for hospitals to stay on standby with all the necessary infrastructure and facilities in place. Vaccination is still lagging behind in delivering the first doses to eligible beneficiaries and should be accelerated, ”said Dr Ashish Aggarwal, former president of the Indian Medical Association (Ghaziabad Chapter).
According to data available on the CoWIN portal, up to Saturday evening, the district administered 4,047,239 vaccine doses, including 2,502,298 first doses against the goal of administering 2,702,167 doses.